A resolution to enforce the no-smoking policy on MTSU’s campus, possibly through fines, was passed by the Student Government Association in a caucus on Thursday.
SGA members will now have to meet with university authorities to determine if students will be fined if found using tobacco products on campus. This includes cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco and other tobacco products.
The bill was sponsored by Senators Dylan Bogle and Todd Benne, who said they brought the legislation to encourage beneficial choices and create a friendlier, cleaner campus.
“MTSU gets money for having a tobacco-free campus, and I think that we should honor that by abiding by the rules,” said Benne.
Bogle said he first had the idea to create a new policy during the spring 2014 semester, when he was eating at the KUC building near a group of three smokers. A couple confronted them, and the conversation quickly became aggressive.
“I wish that we could meet everybody halfway with a smoking area or something like that,” said Senator De’Sean Keys. “I think people would respond to that better, but [the Tennessee Board of Regents] made MTSU a tobacco-free campus and won’t allow it.”
Bogle would like to urge the student body to direct any questions or concerns about the bill to his email, which can be found on the Student Government Association section of the MTSU website.
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